We know that “Renewal is an
ongoing task in educational work. We need to go a step ahead of what we know
and imagine today. Our educational models need to prepare young people for the
future.” (Fr. General Sosa #44 JESEDU-Rio2017).
This II Colloquium is the
beginning of a second cycle of global gatherings aimed at making possible the
challenge of General Congregation 35: A universal body with a universal
mission. This second cycle, called Walking as a Global Network at the
Service of the Mission, continues the process inspired by the Action
Statement produced during the International Congress JESEDU-Rio in 2017
and continues the discernment proposed by the recent document Jesuit Schools: A LivingTradition in the 21st Century (2019).
The Colloquium provided
participants the opportunity to watch the keynote videos at their own pace,
write comments and discuss them. Also, participants were invited to join small
discernment circles inspired by the spiritual conversation methodology to
share their spiritual motions and thoughts about the four strands. With the
feedback coming from these circles, the keynote speakers input and regional
meetings of the school networks, ICAJE (International Commission on the
Apostolate of Jesuit Education) will prepare a vision statement to
capture the direction in which the Spirit is moving our schools at this point.
Fortunately, we count on the
technical and apostolic support offeredby Educate Magis,
the online platform and
community of the Jesuit and Ignatian Schools, based in Galway, Ireland. Educate Magis has played a vital role in
developing the global potential of our educational ministry and has
demonstrated that it is an indispensable instrument in our becoming a global
network with a global mission.
We know that the best evaluation of the
Colloquium will be who our schools become, and how our schools can
create an environment where the hope-filled future that we all dreamed can be
sustained. In this way we want to join Pope Francis’ call for a New Compact
on Education where the right for quality education for all can be a